Monika Verde (b. 1964 / Larvik, Norway), has chosen the landscape painting as his arena. It is an elaborate tradition where her references point to the abstraction of French 1950s with sizes such as De Staël, Estéve and Poliakoff.
Based on the landscape, Monika Cornelia Verde recreates a few themes in different variations. In the larger paintings, we recognize the rock walls that are walled up in rhythmic parts, rows of two hollow openings with supporting pillars around them, and the sea stretching like a narrow band along the lower part of the picture. In other pictures, the sea and sky dominate, where picturesque surfaces are set against each other in troubled parties in the foreground. Here you can see rock walls that collapse - or open up, crust that cracks or compresses. The themes are varied with different colors, rhythms and structures where the repetition of the titles emphasizes a continuity of the images.
For many years the dance occupied much of Monika Cornelia Verde's time, and in the paintings much of these experiences are stored. One can describe the structure of the images around words from the dance vocabulary such as movement and tranquility, gravity and stretch, elasticity and discipline, an aspiration upward towards a downward rotation. The pictures have a tension in them that is created by the fact that the various elements are not placed completely safe in relation to each other. Therefore, one can wonder if the caves are about to collapse or whether they can withstand the weight of the stacked bars. It is the moment of balance and fall, displacement and stability that the artist wants to capture in his pictures.